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Deadpool 2 launches Oscar campaign, because irony doesn't exist anymore

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May 28, 2020, 3:50 PM EDT (Updated)

Black Panther isn’t the only superhero film gunning for the Best Picture Oscar. 20th Century Fox is campaigning for Deadpool 2 to be considered for Oscar noms. For real.  

The studio is putting DP2 up for consideration for 15 awards, including Best Actor (for Ryan Reynolds), Best Supporting Actress (for Morena Baccarin, Zazie Beetz, Leslie Uggams and Brianna Hildebrand), Best Supporting Actor (Josh Brolin, Julian Dennison, T.J. Miller, Karan Soni and Jack Kesy), Best Original Screenplay, Best Director and, of course, Best Picture. 

The idea of this movie being an Oscar contender isn’t as ridiculous as it initially appears. Let’s not forget, the first Deadpool was nominated for two Golden Globes, including Best Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy and Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy (Reynolds, of course). It also won a ton of critics’ choice awards. And like its predecessor, Deadpool 2 garnered a bunch of rave reviews.

Now, before you get all pumped up for a possible showdown between the Merc With a Mouth and The Dora Milaje, it should also be noted that the first Deadpool also launched a "For Your Consideration" ad campaign and wound up getting no love from the Academy. However, since it is looking as though the Academy is beginning to consider comic book movies as something more than disposable kiddie fare, it is possible that the Deadpool sequel could earn some nominations beyond Best Picture, such as Best Costume, Makeup and Hairstyling, Visual Effects and/or Sound Mixing. 

The hero in red is currently holding an adult Fred Savage hostage to promote Once Upon a Deadpool, a PG-13 recut of Deadpool 2. And we'll be honest, it's much easier for us to wrap our heads around an Oscar-winning version of DP2 than a family-friendly version of the film, so we shall see how the Academy responds to Fox's campaign.

While we wait for the official Oscar nominations to be unveiled, we've also got Once Upon a Deadpool, which hits theaters on December 12, to look forward to.